[When we last looked into Acts chapter three we noticed this crippled
man and how he represented every lost soul
before they find the Lord Jesus Christ and the
undeniable change that the Lord Jesus Christ
brings into our lives through the new birth.
We Noticed His,]
– He was completely hopeless.]
[Cure – He was completely transformed]
Walk and Talk confirmed his transformation.]
[Today we will look into the immediate results of this man’s complete
healing and transformation.
These results are no different than the
results that ought to be evidenced in every new
As we examine these results we will
notice that these results include,]
Wonder In The Cure (vs 9-11)
[- The wonder and amazement of what had happened in this crippled man is
undeniably expressed in our text.
Wretchedness of the Cured (vs 9-10; Psalm
[– And all
the people saw him walking and praising God:
And they knew that it was he which sat for alms
at the Beautiful gate of the temple: . . . -
The people knew, without doubt who this man was
and what he had been.
So it is when the sinful and lost are
bought by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus
Christ, everybody knows what the saved once
[This crippled man was the wretch who must have been rejected by God or
else he would not have been in such a wretched
After all many would have felt that God
had made him the crippled he was for some sin he
or his parents had committed.]
[So it is with many prostitutes, alcoholics, drug addicts, criminals,
murderers and much more.
They are wretched and hopeless and due to
the heinous nature of their sins it would seem
that they can never be reformed and transformed.
But the Bibles declares,]
10 He hath not
dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us
according to our iniquities.
11 For as
the heaven is high above the earth,
great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
as a father pitieth
so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. ]
[Perhaps your sins are such that you are convinced that there could be
no hope for you, or perhaps your sins are so
many that you feel you have far more than anyone
could ever forgive.
Almighty-God will forgive you and
Wonder of the Cured (vs 10-11)
they knew that it was he which sat for alms at
the Beautiful gate of the temple:
and they were filled with wonder and amazement
at that which had happened unto him.
And as the lame man which was healed held Peter
and John, all the people ran together unto them
in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly
wondering. – These people who had walked by
this wretched man for over 30 years and thought,
“How hopeless and vile that man is.”
amazed at the supernatural transformation that
had been done for him and they all gather
together in amazement.]
[So it should be with the new birth in the lives of men and women.
People who once knew the sinful wretch
that you once were should look at your converted
life and be amazed at the absolute metamorphosis
that has taken place.
This wonder ought to be the testimony of
the new birth in the lives of born again
The sad reality of our day is that too
many Christians lives such sinful lives that the
world sees no distinction between the saved and
the lost so that the wonder and amazement are
Witness In The Cure (vs 12-21) [ - When a born again Christian allows Christ to live the life He
desires to live through them a clear witness
will accompany their transformed life.]
Gospel in the Witness (vs 12-16; Deut 17.6)
[– In Peter’s words we hear the death burial and
resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and its
confirmation by the strongest evidence known to
mankind, even in our day.
This is the
15 And killed
the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from
whereof we are witnesses. ]
[From the beginning the testimony of eyewitnesses was the strongest
The Bible declares,]
6 At the mouth
of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he
that is worthy of death be put to death;
at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put
to death. ]
[There are more than five hundred eyewitnesses of the resurrection of
the Lord Jesus Christ; this is evidence that
goes beyond doubt (1 Cor 15.1-8).
Two of these eyewitnesses were present
when this crippled man was thoroughly healed.]
[Peter recounts first the death, burial, and witnessed resurrection of
the Lord Jesus Christ.
The gospel is absolutely necessary for
the transformation of the lost and for the
miracle of conversion to be experienced.]
Glory in the Witness (vs 16; Eph 2.8-10) [-
through faith in his name hath made
this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea,
the faith which is by him hath given
him this perfect soundness in the presence of
you all. – It is through faith and faith
alone that hopeless men and women find the
redemption and transformation that only the Lord
Jesus Christ can give.
The Bible says,]
8 For by grace
are ye saved through faith; and that not of
the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should
For we are his workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath
before ordained that we should walk in them.
[Only by taking God at His Word and believing that through the atonement
provided by our Lord Jesus Christ, Almighty God
will forgive all your sins and receive you into
royal family can one be saved and transformed.
This man was completely cured because
Jesus Christ made him whole.
So a lost sinner, regardless of his sins
can be forgiven, saved, and eternally changed
through the Lord Jesus Christ.]
[This crippled man was made strong and perfectly sound through our Lord
Jesus Christ. ]
ἐστερέωσεν (Gk) -
(4731), solid, stable. To make stable, firm,
strong, strengthen, trans. (Acts 3:7, 16; Sept.:
Ps. 33:6; Is. 44:24). Figuratively, to confirm
or establish in faith (Acts 16:5; Sept.: 1 Sam.
[This man was once weak and infirm by has now been made strong.
Likewise, when we receive Christ as our
Savior we are made strong.]
(3648), whole in every part, entire, perfect.
Perfect soundness, wholeness, integrity.
[But not only has he been made strong but he has been given complete
integrity in Christ, he is sound in every way.
Hence, in our Lord Jesus Christ we are
not only cleansed but we are made complete
Gift in the Witness (vs 17-21; Rom
10.9-10,13; Rev 3.20; Gal 4.4-7) [–
And now, brethren, I wot that
through ignorance ye did
also your rulers.
those things, which God before had shewed by the
mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should
suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your
sins may be blotted out, when the times of
refreshing shall come from the presence of the
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ,
which before was preached unto you:
the heaven must receive until the times of
restitution of all things, which God hath spoken
by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the
world began. –
The cure provided for this crippled man is a cure that is provided for
Everyone who is helplessly undone by
their sin can be converted, having his sins
blotted out by the precious blood of the Lord
9 That if thou
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and
shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto
righteousness; and with the mouth confession is
made unto salvation. ]
For whosoever shall call upon the name of
the Lord shall be saved. ]
20 Behold, I
stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my
voice, and open the door, I will come in to him,
and will sup with him, and he with me. ]
[Receive the Lord Jesus Christ and you will receive that adoption of
The Bible says,]
4 But when the
fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his
Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
redeem them that were under the law, that we
might receive the adoption of sons.
because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the
Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying,
Abba, Father. 7
Wherefore thou art no more a
servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir
of God through Christ. ]
[The strength and perfect soundness given to the crippled man is
available to every man, woman, and child.
Will you be cured?
Then receive the Lord Jesus Christ.
Warning In The Cure (vs 22-26) [– Along with the witness given with the cure of this crippled man
there is a clear warning.]
Condemnation in the Cure (vs 22-23; Rom
Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet
shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of
your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear
in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
And it shall come to pass,
every soul, which will not hear that prophet,
shall be destroyed from among the people.
Your sins have brought a hideous consequence
23 For the
wages of sin
is death; but the gift of God
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.]
[The second death, or the eternal lake of fire is the price tag that
accompanies each and every sin.
But God has provided the payment in full
for your every sin, through the Lord Jesus
Fail to hear and heed the Lord Jesus
Christ and you will be destroyed.
Hear Him, heed Him, and be eternally
cured by Him and you will be rescued from this
Call in the Cure (vs 24-26)
and all the prophets from Samuel and those that
follow after, as many as have spoken, have
likewise foretold of these days.
25 Ye are
the children of the prophets, and of the
covenant which God made with our fathers, saying
unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the
kindreds of the earth be blessed.
you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus,
sent him to bless you, in turning away every one
of you from his iniquities. – Everything
recorded in all of the scriptures points to the
Lord Jesus Christ and the salvation that only He
CrossRoads Baptist Sunday Evening, September 5, 2010